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Washington Mews

by habituallychic

10 . 12 . 10
One of the most beautiful streets in New York is Washington Mews.  The private cobblestone street was originally lined with the carriage houses that serviced the surrounding homes.  They were later turned into artists studios and housing for New York University. Gloria Vanderbilt’s aunt, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney lived on the street for the last two years of her life which at the time was close to the old home of the Whitney Museum.  Gloria often stayed with her aunt and she based her room at the Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse last year on her room in the 60 Washington Mews house.  Since 1953, part of old space has been home to Jean Bach.  The documentary filmmaker and her late husband entertained famous artists and musicians in the decor seen here.  I always wondered about the interiors of the homes on Washington Mews and I’m not surprised that they are just as beautiful as the street outside. 

Photo by Annie Schlechter

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  1. Helena - A Diary of Lovely October 12, 2010 | 9:01 pm

    Looks beautiful, reminds me of London a bit

  2. Ragland Hill Social by Gwen Driscoll October 12, 2010 | 9:07 pm

    This is just spectacular and beautiful. Thank you for sharing with us. Hope you are well.

  3. Teresa at Splendid Sass October 12, 2010 | 9:32 pm

    Love, love the library! Those chairs are gorgeous.
    Have a nice day.

  4. Belle de Ville October 12, 2010 | 10:59 pm

    So much like London, I’d love to live in the Mews!

  5. a Broad October 12, 2010 | 11:20 pm

    We lived on the East side and I used to dream of living the the Washington Square Mews.
    This apartment is just perfect !

  6. Kay* October 12, 2010 | 11:44 pm

    wow – that first image is in NYC?!? that’s gorgeous! & i just love the pink door! subtle but oh so chic 🙂

  7. mb October 13, 2010 | 1:15 am

    Love the pink doors too. The interior space is so fine.
    Thanks for sharing.

    mb from Dallas

  8. Karena October 13, 2010 | 3:57 am

    Beautiful beyond, I love Mews found anywhere in the world!!
    The interiors you have shown are fabulous Heather!

    Art by Karena

  9. lasninastextiles.com October 13, 2010 | 10:18 am

    What a beautiful post!

  10. jones October 13, 2010 | 12:40 pm

    Hi Heather, Is there anyway to see more of these interiors? Of course Annie Schlechter knows exactly how to catch a room–I really appreciate that these interiors have not been styled to be absolute perfect, but are presented as they would have been lived. Mary

  11. 18 Kerut October 13, 2010 | 1:11 pm

    Great. thanks for that!

  12. FrenchGardenHouse October 13, 2010 | 3:13 pm

    So beautiful! The outside alone is stunning, but the interior shots, fabulous. Thanks for the peek. Lidy

  13. Grant K. Gibson October 13, 2010 | 3:14 pm

    WOW! An area of NYC that I didn’t know about.
    A must for my next trip.
    Thanks for sharing!

  14. quintessence October 14, 2010 | 12:27 am

    Love Washington Mews. Years ago I took classes at the Deutsche Haus which was at the end. It was such a pleasure walking there that even on days when I wasn’t so enthusiastic, it kept me going!

  15. Sacheverelle October 15, 2010 | 3:23 am

    I always wondered what those little houses look like on the inside. How does NYU decide which of their staff get to live there? Probably administrators all..